The Master of Science in Finance program requires 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (either 10 courses plus a 6 credit hour project, completed in pairs, or 12 courses). Graduation for students starting in the fall is intended to be mid-August or December of the following year. Students wishing to enroll part-time can contact the department for details.
The department offers two tracks in our MSF program, Investment Management and Corporate Finance. Planning your curricula around these tracks enhances your job opportunities. The department's tracks are designed to help you establish a plan and communicate your plan with recruiters through your resume, cover letters, and interviews.
The Master's in Finance Program at the University of Arizona has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding the Candidate Body of Knowledge and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association®, the global leader in alternative investment education, and the University of Arizona have formed a strategic partnership between the CAIA Association and the University’s Eller College of Management. The MSF program covers at least 60% of the CAIA exam curriculum.
The department offers programs leading to a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Management and a concentration in Finance (Finance Ph.D.). The department also participates in the program leading to the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
The Master of Science in Finance requires 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in Finance (either 10 courses plus a 6 credit hour project, completed in pairs, or 12 courses). Graduation for students starting in the fall is intended to be mid-August or December of the following year. Students wishing to enroll part-time can contact the department for details.
The Ph.D. in Management with a Major in Finance offered is designed to lead to a career of scholarly research and teaching in finance. The duration of the program is approximately four years, depending on an individual's background and his or her progress. The first two years of the program are dedicated to coursework. The emphasis during the third and fourth years of the program is primarily on writing a dissertation and coursework in a more narrow area of interest. The dissertation must demonstrate to the faculty the student's ability to produce advanced research in finance.
Application requirements are available from the department programs' webpages.
To expedite the processing of your application follow these instructions carefully. All information must be received for an application to be considered complete.
You must meet the minimum entrance requirements to apply for the one-year Master's in Finance program.
Students without extensive finance or accounting (senior-level) coursework may be required to take perquisite coursework in the summer prior to starting the MSF program. Online modules offered through the University of Arizona Outreach College and taught by a Finance Department faculty member may be recommended or required. Details of possible prerequisite requirements are available here.
Application package requirements are detailed on the department website at https://msf.eller.arizona.edu/application-package-requirements.
Full instructions and requirements are included in the online application.
In addition to completing this online application, you are required to send Official Transcripts from all institutions (except UA) directly to the Finance Department at:
The Department of Finance is provided a modest amount of set-aside scholarship funds each August by the Eller College of Management for MSF students. All incoming MSF students are eligible for fall semester set-aside scholarships. Awards are based on undergraduate academic performance and merits based on students' application packages.
The department does not have funds for assistantships nor tuition waivers for MSF students.
More details are available at https://msf.eller.arizona.edu/fund-your-education.
The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program requires 36 credit hours of approved 500-level finance coursework. There are now two options of study available to students.
Students are required to complete one of the two tracks of approved curriculum and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the program. More information on the requirements of each track is available at https://msf.eller.arizona.edu/tracks.